Bill M.

Lighters - Kiribi Kabuto Mizo Silver
Best Ever Pipe Lighter
This Kabuto is a great tool. Trouble free and goes forever without re-filling. My only gripe is that the Mizo Silver finish is a little too slippery. I'll likely order one of the other Kiribi models with leather for a better grip.

G. L. Pease - Abingdon 8oz
Updated Review
After a slow start Abingdon is becoming my favorite Lat blend ever. Why my first couple of bowls seemed dull remains a mystery but now that I'm half-way through the tin I really enjoy it. I'll order an 8oz. can next.

Lane Limited - Andullo 1.75oz
Splendido !!!
I've been on a losing streak of sorts when trying new blends. With the exception of Abingdon and La Gloria Cubana I've not liked much lately but Andullo is exception. I enjoy the flavor. I taste a bit of vanilla, some slight anise and an occasional hit of cigar leaf. I am missing the Lat on this first bowl in a Briar Works Bullcap but it may show up in subsequent bowls. For my taste this bridges the gap 'tween a stout English and an American style aro. It burns very cool. I'll buy a few tins more.

Iwan Ries - Three Star Blue 1.5oz
A Nice Change
I generally hate aromatics but lately I've been coming around. This is very subtle but I like the flavor no matter that I cannot identify the taste. Has been tasty in 4 different pipes so I'll likely keep a pouch around.

Sutliff - Molto Dolce 1.5oz
Where is the flavor? A Peterson that ALWAYS gives a flavorful smoke, then a cob delivered no taste. On the other hand it smoked well and left no goop in my pipes. I'll keep trying.

G. L. Pease - Maltese Falcon 2oz
Is It Me, Or The Pipe???
My first try of this Pease blend was dull, so dull I can’t recall which pipe I used. Second bowl in a small Peterson bulldog; zero, zip, nada in the taste dept. Nevertheless I'm not givin'up. Perhaps like my experience with some other blends it just wants the right pipe.

G. L. Pease - Abingdon 2oz
Shows Promise
My first two bowls, in and Ashthon and a Peterson were bland and not appealing. Subsequent tries in an Eltang, a Dunhill, and a Ferndown were quite nice with a full but not overwhelming Latakia taste.

Lane Limited - La Gloria Cubana 1.75oz
A Solid Smoke
This is what I'm reaching for instead of my previous fave Crown Achievement. It's similar but a touch more Latakia taste for me.

Pipe Accessories - Neerup Leather Tobacco Mat Chocolate
Show A Little Class
Stop using some funky old receipt from Smoking This is a perfect size and not too thick. Great value.

Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
A Real Surprise
As a confirmed heavy English smoker I've hated aromatics of any stripe until I tried this one. No sludge, no bite......a great change of pace. I'll keep this one around.

Books - In Search of Pipe Dreams - Rick Newcombe
Fun and Informative Reading
Nice writing style. Reminds me a bit of Rick Hacker. I was happy to find mention of a pal of mine in one of the chapters. Worth the money.

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  • ► I've been a piper since the 80's and have smoked most all of the blends on the list at one time or another. For the last couple of months my fave English is G.L. Pease Abingdon. To my taste it is Lat Heaven in most any pipe but particularly my Ferndown 3 Star bent. So many little time.